Nemasys has come up with an answer to gardeners’ prayers – their new Grow Your Own Fruit and Vegetable Pest Control. There is nothing more demoralising for home gardeners, and especially those new to gardening, than growing carrots, turnips, swedes or other root vegetables only to harvest them ready for the pot and find that they are full of root fly. 

Grow Your Own Pest Control is a unique and versatile mix of different nematode species to target a broad range of pests – some of the most common fruit and vegetable pests. Especially for the home gardener, it has been specifically researched to combat carrot root fly, cabbage root fly, leatherjackets, cutworms, onion fly, ants, sciarid fly, caterpillars, gooseberry sawfly, thrips, and codling moth. It is so easy to use that the gardeners do not have to worry about application times or thorough investigations as to what the pests actually are; they just follow the programme.

Nematodes kill target pests, in one of two ways, depending on the pest. For pests in the soil, such as root fly maggots, you apply the nematodes as a drench to the soil where they will be. For pests on the plant, such as caterpillars you spray the solution directly onto the pest. Start applying the nematodes when you plant out.

Ants are the exception, ants do not tolerate the nematodes near their nests and move the nests away from these areas.

With the new Grow Your Own mix whilst you are drenching the soil to target carrot root fly, you can also save a little of the solution to spray the soil in your greenhouse for sciarid fly. Equally you can be spraying for caterpillars and if ants are also in the vicinity you can target them at the same time.

When killing above surface pests like cabbage white caterpillars and thrips make sure you spray the pests you want to kill directly with the nematode solution. 

Says Dr. Graeme Gowling, Dr. Graeme Gowling, head of Becker Underwood’s European operations, “The great benefit of Nemasys Grow Your Own is that it provides a simple solution to target key insect pests, with regular application you need not worry about these troublesome critters.” 

At £4.95 for 60 sqm coverage this provides economic control that is safe and suitable for use on organic crops.  Use Nemasys Grow Your Own together with Nemaslug to kill slugs and you will have protection against the key pests, you can then concentrate on nurturing your plants for great quality produce.

As Nemasys products are not chemicals, they are safe on food crops and do not harm pets, children, wildlife or bees. When the pest population dies out the nematodes die back to their natural soil numbers.

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